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Neighborhood groups decry Hodges' plan

(By Moira Blodgett)

Neighborhood groups in the University of Minnesota community are up in arms over Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ proposal to put a traditional source of their funding to different uses.

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Third-party attorney general candidates talk crime and transparency

Third-party candidates in the state’s upcoming attorney general race delved into issues of police brutality, prison-worthy crimes and drug prevention at a debate on the University of Minnesota’s campus Tuesday night.

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Loeffler running for sixth legislature term

The Minnesota House of Representatives District 60A includes 15 neighborhoods in Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis. This year’s race has two candidates: DFL incumbent Diane Loeffler, who is running for her sixth term, and Republican challenger Brent Millsop.

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Cedar-Riverside residents voice concern with area homelessness

(Photo by August Schwerdfeger published under Creative Commons License)

At a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood meeting earlier this month, a Somali elder stood and addressed attendees, painting an image of a recent frightening encounter with what he believed was a gang of drunken, homeless individuals.

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THEATER REVIEW | The Importance of Being Fotis' "Farmhouse" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

Robert (Mike Fotis) and Joyce (Debra Berger) have an awkward first (and last) meeting in Farmhouse as part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

The publicity for the play Farmhouse from The Importance of Being Fotis for the Twin Cities Horror Festival makes things pretty clear:“On the morning of December 28, 1949, Joyce Slorjen, Robert Huxton and Ruth Huxton (formerly Slorjen) were found murdered in the home of Jack “Buddy” Slorjen. Come witness the hour before they were murdered.” The flyer purportedly from the Ashburg Gazette which audience members are admonished to read before attending the play gives the further detail that Robert and Ruth will die of gunshot wounds while Joyce will be strangled to death.

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REVIEW | "Panacea" with The Poor Nobodys at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The music of The Poor Nobodys gives context to the modern silent film Panacea in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

When they described the film Panacea in the publicity materials for the Twin Cities Horror Festival as being in the style of David Lynch, it was a very apt way to sum it up. I recall being in the middle of watching Lynch’s Inland Empire and feeling like I was dreaming, even though I knew I was still awake and aware of being seated in someone’s living room watching something on a television screen. The combination of visuals and the soundtrack were so hypnotic that I began to lose track of the boundary between the thing on screen and in my ears, and the context of me and my place in reality. The work the musical group The Poor Nobodys do with Panacea elicits the same response.

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THEATER REVIEW | Transatlantic Love Affair's "Solitaire" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The ensemble of Tranatlantic Love Affair's Solitaire in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

Since the folks at Transatlantic Love Affair, and their ensemble-created works, are by and large optimistic affairs, which might travel to dark places but always emerge on the other side with hope, I was curious how they would bring their own particular brand of theater into a setting like the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Turns out, very easily. In Solitaire, they just go to the dark place and stay there. Yikes.

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THEATER REVIEW | "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

The bumbling Dr. Jekyll (Tim Uren) faces off with a transformed Mary (Amy Schweickhardt) in Ghoulish Delights' The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll in the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

Writer/director/actor and head of Ghoulish Delights Tim Uren has gotten so good at horror lately (for instance, his production in last year’s Twin Cities Horror Festival, Trust and Obey) that I often forget how funny he is. I was expecting a much darker take on the legend with The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Dr. Jekyll in this year’s festival. Instead, I was delighted to find him going the lighter route, and yet still serving up a really meaty script full of big ideas—the good and bad in people, the uneven fortunes of men and women in society, whether it’s ever OK (or perhaps necessary) to take what you need from others. The context of these ideas is so awash in humor, however, that you’re often not even aware you’re thinking while you’re laughing (or laughing because you’re thinking). It’s not so much horrific as it is adorable (though I realize it’s a stretch to label a play adorable when one comedic scene revolves around an everyday conversation taking place while one character is giving the other a hand job in the middle of the street).

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Minnesota Africans tackle Ebola

Hundreds of local residents gathered at the North Hennepin Community college Saturday evening for an Ebola information session organized by the Minnesota Africans Against Ebola Task Force and the Minnesota Department of Health.

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THEATER REVIEW | Erin Sheppard's "Dance With the Devil" at the Twin Cities Horror Festival

Regan K. Saunders, Jessica Schilling and Erin Sheppard as Cerberus in Dance With The Devil as part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival; photography by Dan Norman

One of the many great things about something like the Twin Cities Horror Festival is that I get introduced to all kinds of artists I might have missed before. For instance, I wasn’t familiar with the work of dancer/choreographer Erin Sheppard or storyteller Rita Boersma, but after seeing them in Sheppard’s TCHF offering Dance With the Devil, I’m a fan.

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